Welker is further away than ever from a long-term deal.
"There have been talks, but nothing that's brightened anything at all," Welker told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. "Itâs actually gotten worse."
Welker revealed that the Patriots have lowered the two-year, fully guaranteed $16 million offer that they initially proposed. Welker is guaranteed $9.5 million after signing his tender.
â(Organized team activities) are about to start. The team's all getting together. You get all these months off and everything else. I don't know, you're just kind of bored," Welker said. "You want to be up on the field. You want to be up there competing and trying to get better."
The Patriots don't always react well to players holding out.
"I think those techniques work better with other teams. I think the best thing you can do, as far as the Patriots, is be there and let them make the decision if they want to do something long-term or not. Obviously, I want to be there," Welker said.
"At the end of the day, if it's one year, $9.5 million, it's one year, $9.5 million. I'm good with that," Welker said.